Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Data backup and recovery experts ADAM Continuity have made key appointments as the company strengthens its position as a leading cloud specialist.

The company appointed Ronan McCurtin as Managing Director earlier this year to oversee the implementation of a number of new cloud backup and recovery solutions for businesses.

Ronan, who has a strong background in sales and client management in the technology sector, has now made several strategic appointments to help build on the firm’s success.

Nigel Hoggart, formerly of Capital Continuity, joins ADAM as a business continuity specialist. Nigel has a proven reputation in the business continuity and managed IT services market and is an expert in cloud services.

Joining Nigel as a business continuity specialist are Simon Lloyd, who has 16 years’ experience in business continuity and managed services, and telemarketing expert Jo Godridge, who becomes ADAM’s lead generation manager. Both Simon and Jo join ADAM from previous roles at Phoenix.

Kieron Moore, previously a client account manager, has been promoted to Partner Manager, with responsibility for recruiting partners to market ADAM’s solutions.

The appointments come as ADAM Continuity, based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, relaunches its range of new cloud-based solutions to help businesses securely and reliably back up their systems.

The firm’s Backup and Recovery service manages 40,000 backup jobs for clients a month and provides lightning-fast server recovery in the event of a system failure.

Its Replication for Recovery service offers real-time backup and virus protection for critical business servers, reducing system downtime to a matter of minutes.

ADAM uses NetApp’s market-leading replication services to give protection against issues such as data corruption, virus attack and user error.

Ronan McCurtin said: “I’m delighted to make these appointments as we further strengthen ADAM Continuity’s market-leading cloud-based business continuity solutions.

“Nigel, Simon, Jo and Kieron are key members of the team who place excellence and customer service at the heart of everything they do. I look forward to working closely with them during this exciting period for ADAM Continuity.”

Unlike other cloud backup companies, ADAM also has a host of physical backup services and is able to provide fully kitted-out offices with seamlessly backed up systems for staff to move into in the event of a major disaster such as a fire or flood.

The firm has relaunched its website at www.adam.co.uk which gives comprehensive details about the range of services it offers.

ADAM Continuity will be exhibiting and demonstrating its services at the IP Expo Europe exhibition, which takes place on October 8 and 9 at ExCeL in London and wil be opened by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. For more information see http://www.ipexpo.co.uk/Exhibitors/Adam-Continuity

Friday, 15 August 2014

A super-fast, highly secure and incredibly flexible service designed to make video conferencing part of everyday business life has been launched by leading technology supplier Centerprise International. 

The company has unveiled Mix Connect, a highly secure “business class” service that runs on its own private and encrypted network and offers users unrivalled flexibility at low cost.

Mix Connect requires no equipment to be bought or set up – it can run on a company’s existing laptops and desktop PCs, or on tablets and smartphones, across virtually any network. This can be further enhanced with bespoke telepresence hardware for meeting rooms or board rooms.

The public launch of the product comes after Centerprise signed a multi-year deal with Her Majesty’s Treasury to supply services including video conferencing – with the high level of security being one of the defining features.

In a survey of business leaders, Centerprise International found that half of all respondents had never used video conferencing technology before. And almost a third (29%) said they had tried it but did not currently use it.

Centerprise International believes its Mix Connect technology has the ability to change that – and to make video calling and collaboration a part of daily working life.

Richard Austin, a Director at Centerprise International, said: “Video conferencing has a host of benefits – it’s quick, it’s easy, it’s green because it cuts down on travel and a video call is much more personal than a phone call.

“The people you are meeting with are more engaged while on a video call than they are on a phone call because it’s much less easy to be distracted when you are face-to-face with your colleagues.

“Despite these obvious advantages it’s clear from our research that many business leaders have not used video conferencing for a long time, perhaps because they were frustrated by its limitations while the technology was in its infancy.

“It’s time they tried it again – Mix Connect is a game-changer. It is pin-sharp, flexible, incredibly secure and lag-free – a world away from the cumbersome systems of old. And because companies don’t need to provide any extra equipment, it’s an incredibly versatile and cost-effective service.”

The innovative Mix Book software allows user to easily host or schedule a multi-way meeting in seconds. The technology can track who its users have met and for how long – making it easy for managers to monitor workflow and efficiency.

Businesses are being offered a two-week trial so they can see the benefits of Mix Connect for themselves at no risk. For more information see www.mixconnect.co.uk

Survey results: 

Have you ever used VC or video-chat technology before?

50 % - Yes, I currently use it
29% - I’ve tried it before, but I don’t use it 
21% - No, I have not

Who do you usually contact using VC or video-chat?

25% - Colleagues
19% - Friends
19% - Candidates
16% - Family
14% - Customers
7% - Suppliers

Do you use video conferencing for any of the following?

17% - Catching up and networking
15% - Interviews
14% - Sharing ideas
12% - Talent recruitment
10% - Webinar
10% - Training purposes
8% - Sharing files of photos
7% - Project management
3% - Forecasting
2% - Classes
2% - I use it for something else

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

PC experts YoYoTech and MSI will join forces to offer prizes, discounts and charity fun at the UK’s biggest gaming festival. 

Master gaming PC builders YoYoTech and hardware supplier MSI will team up for the Multiplay Insomnia 52 event at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena over the August Bank Holiday weekend (August 22 to 25).

To raise money for Help for Heroes, YoYoTech and MSI will demo two GT Omega Racing cockpits running the latest Assetto Corsa racing simuator game.

Entrants must donate £1 each – with every penny going to the charity – and the fastest driver each day will win an MSI Gaming Graphics Card.

YoYoTech and MSI will also be hosting a LAN gaming tournament beginning on Saturday 23, along with the opportunity for contestants to pick up tips and try to beat experts from MSI’s sponsored professional gaming team, Infused.

Those who sign up are in with a chance of winning BYOC (Bring your Own Computer) tickets for the next Insomnia event, i53, due to take place later this year.

As a fun sideshow, the YoYoTech and MSI stand will also have a giant-scale Jenga set with an MSI Gaming Mouse Surface up for grabs for winning contestants. There will be hardware on offer at discounted prices over the weekend.

YoYoTech Business Development Manager Ryan Pearton said: “Insomnia 52 promises to be one of the UK’s biggest ever gaming events and we’re delighted to be teaming up with MSI to show thousands of gamers what we have to offer.”

Multiplay Insomnia 52 is one of a series of Insomnia events set to reach tens of thousands of gaming fans in 2014. August’s event is crammed with competitive gaming, tournaments, new game showcases, panel talks, meet and greets and more exhibitors than ever before.

The event takes place at the Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 6GE from Friday, August 22 to Monday, August 25.

For more information on the festival visit http://insomniagamingfestival.com

To find out more about the event wih MSI and YoYoTech, visit http://www.yoyotech.co.uk/insomnia-52?campaign=cooperations/media/kitguru/msi-i52

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